HC Deb 08 March 2000 vol 345 c754W
Mr. Hunter

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it a requirement that the NHS should provide for women who have had a radical hysterectomy following cervical cancer, the opportunity to have eggs frozen with a view to surrogate birth at a later stage. [112062]

Yvette Cooper

It is the responsibility of clinicians who are providing radical treatments to patients which might affect their fertility, to discuss with them the possibility of storing eggs, embryos or sperm if they feel this is appropriate.

Whether these stored gametes should then be made available for a possible surrogate birth is a matter for those individuals in consultation with their clinicians. We would of course recommend that health authorities seek legal advice before considering funding a surrogacy arrangement on the National Health Service.

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